Wasp is a short drama film consisting of 26 minutes. Wasp was written and directed by Andrea Arnold. The film was released in 2003, starring Danny Dyer Nathalie Press. The short film is about a single mum who is adamant her four children are not going to spoil her date with her ex-boyfriend. This leads to her abandoning them outside of the pub. The film shows the social class of the single mum, and the area she lives in etc. Wasp challenges the audience as; Andrea Arnold uses such a shocking social issue, as the plot.
The genre of the film is pretty obvious, from the start of Wasp. We know it’s a drama, as soon as we see the shot of the two mothers fighting.
The audience are made aware of the woman’s social class from the first establishing, panning shot. We are aware of the woman’s social class because of her appearance, for example, she is barefooted. The mother’s baby has no clothes on either, which could represent the poverty which is affecting her family. This leads on to a medium shot of the mother walking down the street, this shot establishes the woman as the mother, as her children are following behind her.
The dialogue used when the two woman are fighting, sounds clearly like a common, local accent. The children who are watching do not seem bothered, that their mother is fighting, maybe something they see quite often? One of the young daughters shouts “get off her you foul cow”. This contrasts to “well-brought up” children who would not know that sort of language.
The woman’s ex-boyfriend seems wealthier than her as he has a car. A reaction shot is used when the Man asks why she is with all those “kids”. The reaction shot is used, to show the woman’s facial expressions and to show how she lies without any hesitation. A close-up shot is shown on her feet, to remind the audience that she is still bare footed. The close up shot may also have been used as the woman may be trying to hide her feet from her ex-boyfriend.
The male actor in the film looks like a stereo-typical Chav, because of the clothing he is wearing, and how he wears them. For example, his collar is sticking up, which looks untidy and he is wearing a gold chain.
Another reaction, medium shot is used when the male asks the woman if “she wants to go for a drink later”. The mother, glances at her children sitting on the grass, then a close-up shot to the mother, again for the audience to see what her reaction will be to going out for a drink. Diegetic sound is used as you can hear the car engine starting up. However the man try’s three attempts to start his car engine, which means that the car is not in the best of condition. While he is trying to start his car, the camera moves to a shot of the woman, where she seems to be deep in thought, maybe about what she is going to do with her children.
A long-shot is used of him driving down the street; this captures the landscape of the neighbourhood. Several sharp, shots are used to also show the neighbour hood.
A close-up shot is used on a wasp, which is on a window pane, during this shot, we have diegetic sound coming from the wasp itself, but we also have non-diegetic sound playing in the background. The non-diegetic sound adds a lot of suspense to this shot, also because the title of the film is “Wasp”
The mother feeds her children sugar for their tea. This shows the lack of money which she has, as she cannot afford to cook a “proper meal”. It also shows the welfare of these children, and how basically they are being neglected from their own mother.
The mother comes across as a bit of a “tart”, because of a close-up panning shot of her walking to the pub. The clothes she is wearing make her look cheap, she is wearing a mini skirt with, but she looks a mess, because of her hair etc.
There is a scene where the family are walking over a bridge, which is located above a motorway. Diegetic sound from all the traffic is used at this point. A close-up shot is used on the little girl walking close to the railings on the bridge, and then a long shot is used with a large depth of view of traffic, and a small depth of view of the family walking across the bridge. These two shots are very effective because it makes the audience think, if there is going to be an accident involving the traffic and the little girl.
Various, quick, close-up shots are used on the people in the pub. These shots identify what kind of pub it is, by the kind of people who are there. A lot of medium shots have been taking, when the mother is standing at the bar. The shots have been taking from unusual angles, which gives a Voyeur effect.
An over-viewing medium shot is used, showing the children outside the pub, playing games in the middle of the road, with screaming dialogue coming from the children. This makes the audience feel uncomfortable at this point, as they could get hurt playing in the middle of the road. The following shot after this is dark, which shows the passing of time, while the mother is on her “date”.
At one point the audience is made to feel voyeurs again, when the camera is zoomed in on the woman and her date. This creates a more intimate atmosphere. We are made to feel like voyeurs yet again, in the car scene as the camera is positioned in the rear seats.
A close up shot, of the baby crying suggests to the audience, that something is about to happen to the baby. A long shot is used from the children's point of view on a group of males walking with bags of chips in their hands. This shot makes the audience wonder if they will say anything to the children. A reaction shot is used, from the bag of chips lying on the floor, to the children's faces. We know from this shot, that the children pick the chips up off the floor.
A close-up camera shot shows a wasp on the baby's cheek. This image, takes the audience back to the start of the film, where there was also a scene involving a wasp. It also relates to the title of the film itself.
Towards the end of the film, a scene is shown, where the whole family are sitting in the car eating chips. However there is an awkward silence in the car. Diegetic sound is used again, when the male actor starts his car, it takes several attempts to start, which happened at the start of the film.
At the end of the film, a long shot of the car driving down the street is used. As we see the car driving away, non-diegetic sound has been used. For example, music starts to play, and the children sing. This shows that the children do not seem affected by the nights antics. The credits then follow. The credits are very plain and simple, a black background with white writing, with the song “Hey Baby” playing, which was also featured in the pub scene.